Susan Rose Francois is a member of the Congregation Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. She was a Bernardin scholar at Catholic Theological Union and has ministered as a justice educator and advocate. Read more of her work on her blog, At the Corner of Susan and St. Joseph.
Horizons - In the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, we say that peace is a gift, given in Christ. It's a perpetual gift, one that we must nurture in our hearts and relationships, even or especially when it is not the easy path.
How might we act in hope to mend the tears and prevent future fragmentation in our society? Recently as I pondered this big question, I remembered the experience of defragmenting my early generation Windows PC.
Horizons - I find it so hard to comprehend that we can treat children and families so inhumanely today. We know that it is happening in our name, and yet, collectively, we stand by.
Horizons - Christian resistance follows in the footsteps of Jesus. As we say in my own community's Constitutions: "Christ is our peace, the source of our power. United with him we engage in the struggle against the reality of evil and continue the work of establishing God's reign of justice and peace." Sometimes this takes risk, such as taken by those Catholics who faced arrest to stand against injustice and to resist inhumane policies July 18 in Washington.